This message applies to anyone on the water in any sport.
Unless you want to drown or freeze to death.
Recent weather is reminding us that cold water is coming. Being ready starts in your mind. No outside influence can force you to acquire the skills and practice them. It is your choice. What do you do when no one is watching?
Paddlers and rowers alike will benefit from internalize the message in this article: rock-the-boat-the-antidote-to-apathy
(Thanks to Guy for bringing this to our attention.)